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Auburn initiates project to catalog lead service lines

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Auburn City Council has greenlit a project aimed at establishing an inventory of the city’s lead service lines. In their Thursday meeting, the Council sanctioned a State Environmental Quality Review Act resolution to identify and catalog all unidentified lead service lines.

The project, funded by a grant from the New York State Department of Health, also encompasses the procurement of a new vacuum truck.

The move aligns with the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent guidance, released in August 2022, highlighting that lead service lines can be a primary source of lead contamination in drinking water.

The EPA emphasized that creating such an inventory is pivotal for eventual replacement, ensuring public health safety. The city’s project is deemed environmentally non-impactful and doesn’t warrant further environmental scrutiny. The resolution saw unanimous approval from all present council members.